Well today is the last official day of the Web Innovation Project. We’re dismantling our equipment, filing our reports, and cleaning out our virtual cupboards. It’s been an interesting time, almost two years now of investigating, understanding and implementing web innovations on behalf of the University.
We’ve had some great times, created interesting new tools, and made valuable and I hope long lasting relationships both between ourselves on the project and with those who have come to help and work with us on our various initiatives. High points for me have, I think, been:
- The Discovery Sessions, interviews with key personnel from across the University to discover and assess current web innovation and feelings towards web 2.0
- Our ‘World of Web Technologies” event, where staff and students from across the University came to hear about the latest in web innovation
- Our 3D campus work, creating virtual representations of key University buildings within Google Earth
- The discovery of “QR Codes” and their subsequent roll-out here at the University
- The use of the Layar Augmented Reality browser to provide campus users with a mobile friendly orientation tool
- The use of Google Apps to run all the project administration, collaborating in the cloud
And above all that, working with like minded colleagues to develop ideas and new tools between us that we could never do alone. Now that’s probably the hardest trick of all!
Although the project has now come to an end, we’ve been working with other colleagues to ensure that the important innovations won’t finish with the end of the project. This blog will hopefully continue too, though it may well start to take on a slightly different shape as innovation at the University continues in different ways and with different people. So stay tuned! And thanks for reading so far.